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Recent Posts in the Family Law Category

  • How Co-Parents Can Make Online & Distanced Learning Beneficial for Children

    How Co-Parents Can Make Online & Distanced Learning Beneficial for Children Parents all over Washington are scrambling to get their kids ready to return to school this fall. With the pandemic still looming over our lives, many co-parents are finding the transition to online and distanced learning a major challenge. Although this might all seem new and confusing to you, teachers and educators have been using their limited free time to prepare for some of the challenges their students might encounter. Keep reading to learn how you and your co-parent can support your children in their academic pursuits ...
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  • Is There a Benefit to Choosing Legal Separation Over Divorce?

    Is There a Benefit to Choosing Legal Separation Over Divorce? It’s not uncommon for couples to live in separate households before deciding to go through with their divorce. This period, often called a “trial separation,” gives both spouses an opportunity to evaluate their individual situations and whether or not pursuing legal action is worth the hassle. What Is Legal Separation? Some couples who separate end up remaining separated instead of getting divorced, even though the marriage can’t be salvaged. When this occurs, experienced attorneys recommend executing a legal separation ...
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  • Practicing Patience: Family Law Matters in Times of Uncertainty

    Practicing Patience: Family Law Matters in Times of Uncertainty Practicing Patience: Family Law Matters in Times of Uncertainty By Casey Sanders , McKinley Irvin family law attorney What do the coronavirus and a family law case have in common? This is not a new lawyer joke, but a legitimate conundrum facing many Americans today. The short answer is the “new normal” we all face: uncertainty. The uncertainty of coronavirus is unfolding every day: new policies are instituted and discarded, projections and timelines are revised upwards or downwards with alarming speed, and major surveys have ...
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  • Co-Parenting When COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Orders Are Lifted

    Co-Parenting When COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Orders Are Lifted By Tarik Polovina , McKinley Irvin family law attorney As Washington begins to reopen, it is important for co-parents to think about how disagreements about children’s activities and whereabouts are going to be handled during the phasing in of normal life. The current situation in the state of Washington has led to uncertainty when navigating custody arrangements. Lifting the restrictions of the stay-at-home order is likely to bring more uncertainty as parents navigate through the state’s phases of reopening. Taking a ...
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  • Proceeding with Family Law Matters During the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Proceeding with Family Law Matters During the Covid-19 Pandemic By Cameron Fleury , Partner at McKinley Irvin Necessity is the Mother of Invention As the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, the Country, the States, Counties, and Municipal governments were forced to try to promptly come up with ways to balance protecting people’s health with protecting people’s rights. Access to justice was not immune to this dilemma. Over the course of March and April, the Washington Supreme Court and the various lesser courts issued multiple emergency orders regarding accessing the courts under the Stay at ...
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  • Can Agreements on Child Support be Made Outside of Court?

    Can Agreements on Child Support be Made Outside of Court? Litigation around child support issues can be prohibitively expensive in terms of legal fees. Therefore, handling child support issues outside of court can save time and money. If you and your co-parent wish to avoid a lengthy and expensive legal process, you may try to resolve your child support issues by coming to an agreed child support order outside of court and then presenting the agreement to the court for entry in order to ensure its enforceability. Most couples going through a divorce are primarily concerned about ...
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  • Filling the Void: Help for Domestic Violence Victims During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Filling the Void: Help for Domestic Violence Victims During the COVID-19 Pandemic The COVID-19 Pandemic is a particularly dangerous and difficult time for victims of domestic violence. Many victims are in close quarters with their abusers and domestic abuse calls to police have increased. At the same time, it’s become more difficult to navigate the filing process and obtain access to legal aid as a result of the stay-at-home order. To help fill the void, Seattle University School of Law is opening a virtual pop-up legal clinic to serve domestic violence victims in King County. Led by Professor Deirdre ...
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  • How Domestic Violence Survivors Can Get Help During Coronavirus Shutdown

    How Domestic Violence Survivors Can Get Help During Coronavirus Shutdown By Courtney Bellio , McKinley Irvin family law attorney As shelter in place orders take effect across the country, the reality is that staying home isn’t safe for everyone. Many may find themselves forced to stay in close proximity with their abusers. Survivors of domestic violence may now find their abusers using the pandemic as a tool to gain more control. Examples of this may include withholding necessary items such as disinfectants, spreading misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten the survivor, ...
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